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Today I want to talk to you about how to carry away the double curse of sickness and disease.

The word borne means, to lift up, bear away, and remove to a distance. Just as the scapegoat went into the wilderness, carrying sin, never to be seen again, so Jesus has carried away, borne away, our sickness and our disease. He has carried them away.

You may be thinking: Yes, but I'm still sick!

Is the Word of God true or not? If it is true—and I believe with all my heart it is true—then is says, Jesus carried away our sicknesses and our diseases, and our pain. He removed them from us. Yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions....

What are transgressions? Sins, right? He was wounded for our transgressions, or sins. He was bruised for our iniquities, or sins.

Do you believe that part of the Scripture? If we went to some churches, they would definitely believe that Scripture, and even preach on it every Sunday of the year, but they would not preach the rest of it.

Yes, He bore our transgressions and our iniquities, but read the rest of the verse: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. some will quote that as, "With his stripes some are healed. Some occasionally will be healed. Some have been healed."

No! This is a settled, established fact: With His stripes we are (present tense) healed.
Yet is pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

He shall see the travail of his soul, and be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities.
(Isa. 53:10-11)
The word bear is the same word that is brought out in verse four and serves as a theme for the rest of our study.

He hath borne our griefs (or pain). Jesus bore our sins, our iniquities. At the very same time, He also bore our sicknesses, our diseases, and our pain. Throughout the Word of God there is no separation of the two in the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus bore our sins to make it possible for us to be saved and be a new creature in Christ Jesus, He also bore in His body our sicknesses and diseases so we might be whole, well, and healed.

At the same moment that He was bruised for our sins, He took the stripes on His back for our healing.

Sick Christians
Some say, "But you know there are a lot of sick Christians!" It is obvious there are many sick in the Body of Christ. I cannot give you only one reason for the number of sick Christians, but I can tell you why many in the Body of Christ are sick.

I believe Paul gave us the answer in First Corinthians:
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lords body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
(1 Cor. 11:29-30)
Paul said it was from not discerning the Lord's body. And he said, "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you."

What does that mean? He did not say it was from not discerning the Lords blood. They were discerning that the blood washed away their sins, but they were not discerning that His body was broken for us, so we might be healed.

We have emphasized salvation in the blood of Jesus, but how many times, in comparison, have we emphasized that Jesus bore our sicknesses and diseases at the very same time?

How often have we been taught that salvation of the soul and physical healing of the body happened at the same time? How many times have we heard that? Not enough, obviously; not nearly enough.

If it is true that Jesus bore our sicknesses at the same time that He bore our sins, why are many sitting in church born-again, but sick? It's because we have not had enough repetition of these Scriptures to establish confidence in our hearts. We need as much confidence in healing as we have in salvation.

When we arrive at that point, we will see people coming to be born again who will be instantly healed. They will be healed just as they are saved, because they will be told, Come here and accept Jesus, and you will be healed instantly. We do not expect that now, but we should.

Come here and accept Jesus, and you will be healed instantly. We do not expect that now, but we should.

Lets look at the argument, If Jesus bore away sickness and disease at Calvary, why aren't all Christians healed? Lets turn it around: If Jesus bore away sin and iniquity at Calvary, why are people still unsaved?

Why is everyone not born again? It is because they do not receive and accept salvation. Isn't that true? All it takes to receive forgiveness of your sins is to accept and receive what Jesus did. Isn't that true?

All Christians do not accept Jesus as the Healer when they are born again. As a matter of fact, many Christians never accept the fact that the stripes placed on Jesus back were for their healing.

This is the same basic reason people die and go to hell: They refuse to believe what Jesus did on the cross, or they are ignorant of what Jesus did.

Our only cure to keep Christians from being sick is to get rid of ignorance concerning healing and unbelief.

You will never hear me say flippantly, "Well, the reason you didn't receive your healing is because you don't have enough faith." If you believe what Gods Word says, you will have faith.

If you don't have enough faith, its because of a lack of knowledge of the Word, or refusing to accept what it says.

If we ever expect to do away with the double curse, we must believe what Jesus did on the cross, increase our knowledge of the Word, and accept—once and for all—the fact that His stripes represent our total and complete healing.

Source: Reverse The Curse by Annette Capps
Excerpt permission granted by Annette Capps Ministries

Author Biography

Annette Capps
Web site: Charles Capps Ministries
 
Annette Capps is the daughter of author and teacher Charles Capps. She is an ordained minister, businesswoman, and pilot.
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